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Today's Death Notices

Elsie H. Bennett, 81, of Sherburne

Last Week's Obituaries

Richard (dick) M. Serafen

Published on: Monday, April 20, 2015


HENDERSON, NEVADA – Richard (Dick) M. Serafen, formerly of Norwich passed away in Henderson NV on March 11,2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on January 13,1931 in Elk Creek NY the only son of Peter and Rose Serafen. He served in the USAF during The Korean war and graduated from SUNY Cobelskill. He was a lifetime member of The Elks Club. He and his wife Louise owned and operated many area Beauty Salons and real estate rentals.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, two sons, a daughter and their spouses, Steve and Robin, Cooperstown NY, Andy and Jan, Atlanta GA, Elaine and Doug Marchant, Norwich , a daughter in law and her husband, Lisa (Eddy) and Gregg Pinney, Oneonta NY, eight Grandchildren, Nathan Young, Lauren and Captain Glenn M.Cameron ,Chris Marchant, Allison, Alyssa, Steven, Katie and Elizabeth Serafen, Three great grandchildren, Layla Young, Landon Marchant and Avery Cameron. His son Rick passed away in 1984 after a tragic accident. His children and many of his grandchildren along with his wife were by his side during his final hours.

He was a kind and gentle man and always said that his family was his greatest source of happiness. Donations in memory of Dick can be sent to Wounded Warriors,St.Jude’s or Hospice.

Kathleen “kathy” Jordan

Published on: Monday, April 20, 2015


CHARLESTON, SC – Kathleen “Kathy” Jordan, 70, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Charleston Hospice Center in Charleston, SC with her family by her side. Her unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family and friends carried her through the last seven months in her courageous fight against cancer.

Born on April 19, 1944 in Myrtle Beach, SC, Kathy was the daughter of Anthony J. and Ruth (Dromgoole) Annesi of Sherburne, NY, who welcomed her to heaven.

Kathy grew up in Sherburne, NY and attended Sherburne High School. She was prom queen her junior year and was a New York State drum majorette champion for the Sherburne High School band. She attended CCBI (Central City Business Institute) in Syracuse, NY with a secretarial/business degree. Upon graduating from CCBI, she worked for the Syracuse Chiefs AAA baseball team as secretary to the General Manager.

In 1967, Kathy married the love of her life, Thomas M. Jordan, Jr. of Lexington, Kentucky, who survives. She raised their family in Quincy, IL and Cherry Hill, NJ before moving to Virginia Beach, VA in 1994.

Kathy centered her life around her family. Known as Mimi by her grandchildren, she enjoyed attending as many of their school and sport functions as possible. She took great pride in their accomplishments.

Kathy was very artistic and creative. She enjoyed making crafts and home stenciling. She was active in her church, volunteering and cooking for various functions. With her amiable personality and sincere genuineness, she made friends everywhere and had a way of making everyone feel special.

Kathy is survived by her daughter Jacqueline (Salvatore) Imburgia of Mt. Pleasant, SC; sons Jason (Alexis) Jordan and Joel (Gemma) Jordan, both of Brooklyn, NY; and, grandchildren Evan and Jordan Imburgia, Georgia, Jude, Jaia, and Jack Jordan.

Kathy, the oldest of five, is survived by her siblings Patricia (John) Carapella of Liverpool, NY; Anthony (Jill) Annesi, Jr., of Leland, NC; Lora (Thomas) Rowe of Norwich, NY; and Paula Annesi of Syracuse, NY.

She is also survived by nieces Christa, Carrie, and Cayla Carapella, and Amanda (Logan) LeeMasci; nephew Brian Annesi; great niece Brooke Copani; great nephews Luke and Mace LeeMasci; two aunts Ann (Joseph) Cunningham and Florence Dromgoole; as well as several cousins.

A viewing will be held on Friday, April 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 5:40 p.m. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, April 25 at 9 a.m. at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, E. State St., Sherburne.

The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Kathy’s name to either a food bank of your choice or to Courageous Kidz, 230 Old Dominion Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418, which is an organization that provides a safe haven for children battling cancer.

Ralph A. Ardron, Jr.

Published on: Monday, April 20, 2015


OXFORD – Ralph A. Ardron, Jr., 85 of Oxford passed away on April 17, 2015 at Chenango Memorial Hospital, Norwich. He was born on March 2, 1930 in McDonough a son of the late Ralph A. Ardron, Sr. and Winifred Barrows Ardron. On August 2, 1953 he married Joyce Bliven, who survives.

Besides his wife of 62 years, Joyce, he is survived by his children; Gregory R. Ardron, Sr. (Darlene), Debra A. Duncan (Randy), and Janet Stanton (Mark); his grandchildren, Gregory R. Ardron, Jr., Jessica Duncan (Thomas), Megan Duncan, Kyle Stanton, Allison Stanton, and Riley Stanton. He is also survived by his sister in law and brother in law, Grace and Stanley Bartle and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister and brother in law, Lillian Aldrich and Ray Aldrich.

Ralph was a graduate of Oxford Academy and Central School, Class of 1948 and he graduated from NYS Ranger School in 1951. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a pillar of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where he served as Junior Warden, Acolyte, Lay Reader, Chalice Bearer, and grounds keeper for many years. He was awarded for his dedicated service to the Oxford Marching Band. He was recognized by Church Women United of Oxford for his dedication the Oxford Community Clothes Closet. He and Joyce received the DeWitt Clinton Award Community Service Award from Oxford Lodge #175 F&AM. He enjoyed working with Chenango County Habitat for Humanity. He enjoyed square dancing with the Broken Squares Dance Club. He was the groundskeeper for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for 10 years. He loved gardening and being outdoors. He retired from Proctor and Gamble after 34 years of service. He also served as a Boy Scout Leader.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oxford with Rev. David Hanselman officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Riverview Cemetery, Oxford.

Friends may call at the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 5-8 p.,.. Members of Fort Hill Post will conduct a service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 72, Oxford, NY or the Oxford Emergency Squad, PO Box 172, Oxford, NY 13830. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

Tracy M. Richmond-banks

Published on: Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Tracy M. Richmond-Banks, 52, went to Heaven on April 9, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Tracy was born on July 7, 1962, to Simon and Gladys Richmond, who predeceased her. She grew up on her family’s dairy farms in South Kortright and Guilford, NY. As a child, Tracy was active in all things farm-related, from 4-H clubs to showing cows at county fairs. She graduated from Bainbridge-Guilford C.S. and SUNY Cobleskill, and went on to enjoy a 30 year career as a milk tester for Dairy One. She also worked for a time at Exeter Veterinary Clinic, and ran a boarding kennel at her home.

Tracy found her true love and soul mate in Burton Banks. They were married on April 3, 2015 at their home in Richfield Springs. Although their time together was too short, it was filled with love and happiness beyond measure.

Tracy is survived by her siblings, Virginia (Mike) Gustafson, CA, Beverly Richmond, FL, Wayne (Charlene) Richmond, NC, Nathena (Pete) Kain, Norwich, NY and Phil Richmond, Guilford, NY. Family meant everything to Tracy. She had a loving, meaningful relationship with each sibling as well as with her nieces and nephews; Laura, Dan and Taylor Richmond, Patrick, Emily and Lydia Kain, Vanessa (Chad) Aharon, Ryan (Nikki) Richmond, Carrie (Alex) Moyer, and Caitlyn Richmond. She is also survived by six great-nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly. Tracy also leaves her mother and father-in-law, Bruce and Marilyn Banks, her sister-in-law, Debbie (Niel) Miller, brother-in-law, Kevin Banks, and step-sons Lucas (Tamara) Banks and Darren Banks.

Tracy’s passions were her family, her friends and her love of dogs. She remained close with many of her high school classmates and college friends, and looked forward to reuniting with them. Her numerous kennel customers can attest to the excellent care she took with their animals. She had a personal relationship with each customer and each dog. Tracy was a passionate advocate for dogs in need of a good home. Countless dogs are in much happier and safer homes, thanks to her efforts.

Tracy made Herkimer County, NY her home when she began her career. She formed lasting relationships with the farm families she served, and had a deep respect for the business of dairy farming, as well as a love of the land around her. She never failed to notice the natural beauty in her surroundings.

Tracy was an active member of the Springfield Presbyterian Church, where she was an elder. She loved her church family and found many ways to support her church.

Above all, Tracy will be remembered for her kindness and generosity. She made everyone feel important in her presence. Her positive spirit throughout her cancer ordeal was inspirational. She rarely complained about her own cancer, but was always supportive of others dealing with the disease. We thank Dr. Bravin, Dr. Patel, and the Cancer Center staff at Bassett Hospital for their work and kindness on Tracy’s behalf.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Tracy’s calling hours and funeral were handled by Seaton McGrath Funeral Home in Richfield Springs. Her burial in North Guilford Cemetery will take place at a later date.

Richard Paul Jaycox, Sr

Published on: Tuesday, April 21, 2015


NORWICH – Richard Paul Jaycox, Sr., 89, a life long resident of Norwich, passed away Saturday afternoon, April 18, 2015, at the New York State Veterans Home of Oxford.

Dick was born in Norwich on May 20, 1925 the son of Paul and Bertha (Pickett) Jaycox. He grew up in Kirk where he attended the local school. In January of 1944 entered the United States Navy serving his country until his honorable discharge in April of 1946. In January of 1949 he reenlisted into the United States Army where he served until his discharge in of September of 1952. Dick worked for over 20 years for the City of Norwich and retired as Superintendent of the Parks Dept. Not a man to sit idle, he gained employment with the Norwich City Schools working on the building and grounds.

Dick was a member of the Maydole Fire Company for many years. He also enjoyed his model trains, camping and fishing.

Dick is survived by his children; Mary Lou Presnell and husband Bruce of North Norwich, Richard P. Jaycox, Jr. and wife Lotta of Norwich, Edward Jaycox of South Plymouth, his brothers Ronald Jaycox of Norwich and John Jaycox of Gretna. LA. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Dick was predeceased by his brother Warren.

Private funeral services for Dick will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.

David Byron Adams Iii

Published on: Tuesday, April 21, 2015


NORWICH – David Byron Adams III, 72, of Norwich, went home to God on April 19, 2015 at the Wilson Hospital of Johnson City.

David was born in Bainbridge, NY on August 25, 1942 the son of Louis and Marian (Sutton) Adams. While making his home in Norwich he had been employed by the Chenango Memorial Hospital for many years where he worked in the dietary department. David was a faithful and dedicated member of the First Baptist Church of Norwich where he attended on a regular basis. He was a founding member of the Caring Christians Against Loneliness and was also a member of the Mental Health Club of Norwich.

On August 5, 1983 in Norwich he married Melody Benedict who passed away February 4, 2009.

David is survivied by his sisters; Sarah Mott of Bainbridge, Constance (Connie) Emerson and husband David of Deposit, his cousins Nancy Timperlake and husband Andy of Oxford, Harvey Sutton and companion Diane of Oxford, Reba Wormon and husband Fred of Norwich, Karen Hinkley and husband Ralph of Roanoke, VA and Frank Richards of Cape Cod, MA. Also surviving are 2 nieces, 3 grand n ieces and his best friend Phill Otto of Norwich.


A memorial service for David will be held on Saturday,April 25, at 11 a.m. from the First Baptist Church of Norwich. The Rev. David Spiegel, Pastor, will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in the Mt. Hope Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.

Suzanne M. Caldwell

Published on: Wednesday, April 22, 2015


NORWICH – Suzanne M. Caldwell, 68, of County Rd. 32, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015 at UHS/Chenango Memorial Hospital RHCF in Norwich.

She was born March 18, 1947 in Norwich, a daughter of the late Newton and Inez Luelle Primmar Burlison and was a graduate of New Berlin High School. On September 18, 1998, Suzanne married Herbert F. Caldwell in Norwich. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose family was her life. She had worked for T.A.C.O. in Sherburne and for Page Seed in Greene.

Surviving are her husband, Herbert; a daughter and son-in-law, Roberta and Aaron Lanfair, and their daughter, Cadence Lanfair of Norwich; step-children, Sandra and Arthur Gates of Ohio, NY; Earl Caldwell and Herbert Caldwell, Jr. both of FL; Gidget and Michael Muzzy of Ausable Forks; Rebecca and David Carpenter of Fort Plain; Frank Caldwell of Herkimer; Jeramy and Bobbi-Jo Caldwell of Kilawog; Heather and Andy Jackson of Norwich; her siblings, Sandra Tarbell, Janice Barbo, Luella Popkin, Sharon and Butch Brownell, Molly and Shawn Smyth, Ed and Vera Church, Ted and Deb Church, Tim Church and Pat Church; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by an infant son, Herbert Allen.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 25, 2015 from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 3 Preston St., Earlville.

Interment in the Earlville Cemetery is private.

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Richard J. (dick) Phillips

Published on: Wednesday, April 22, 2015


NORWICH – Richard J. (Dick) Phillips, 85, a life long Norwich resident and past City of Norwich Fire Chief, passed away unexpectedly at his home early Monday morning, April 20, 2015.

Dick was born on January 18, 1930 in Norwich the son of Chester and Margaret (Lorimer) Phillips. He attended the Norwich schools and was a 1946 graduate of the Norwich High School. Deciding to further his education he attended Morrisville College from which he graduated in 1948. On Sept. 9, 1949, in Norwich, he married Margaret (Peg) Ross who survives.

Dick first was employed by Bennett-Ireland and later gained employment with the Norwich Pharmacal Co. where he worked for over 40 years. During his time with the company he worked as a chemical operator and maintainence coordinator and was a member of the company’s 1st response team.

Dick was a very dedicated and community minded individual. He had been a very active member of the Norwich Fire Dept. having served as 1st and 2nd Lieutenant as well as Chief for 5 years. In 1966 he joined the George Rider Hook and Ladder Co. where he remained active throughout the years. Dick was also a longtime member of the Norwich Emergency Squad and had served as Lieutenant and Captain. The Norwich Lions Club of Norwich was also very near and dear to his heart. He had been a member for 30 years and held many of the club’s offices including President. Dick was also very active throughout New York State with Lions having served as Zone and Region Chairman for District 20-Y1 as well as various other offices within the state. He was also a member of the Broad St. United Methodist Church of Norwich and B.P.O.E. Lodge #1222

In his free time Dick enjoyed his hunting, fishing, mowing lawns and cutting wood and taking drives throughout the countryside with the love of his life, Peg.

Dick is survived by his wife Margaret (Peg) of Norwich, his children David Phillips and wife Dale of Port Charlotte, FL, Susan LaTart and husband David of Rochester, his grandchildren Kiel Phillips, Steven LaTart and Janine Jalal as well as 4 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dick was predeceased by his granddaughter Stephanie Phillips and brother Charles Albert Phillips

A funeral service for Dick will be held on Saturday, April 25, at 11 a.m. from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the North Norwich Cemetery.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7 p.m.

Franklin York Mayo

Published on: Thursday, April 23, 2015


WILBRAHAM, MA – York Mayo, 73, a dedicated business and community leader and friend to all, died peacefully on Monday, April 20, 2015.

He was born on July 16, 1941 in Elmira, NY, to the late Frank and Velma (Wray) Mayo. York grew up in Ithaca, NY and graduated from Hobart College, Geneva, NY, with a B.S. Degree in Economics.

In 1969, he joined the American Saw and Manufacturing Company, East Longmeadow, MA. Over the course of his thirty year career, he held the positions of Lenox Sales Representative, Vice President of International Sales, and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In 1999, York read the book The Theology Hammer, by Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat For Humanity. He was so inspired by the book and his eventual friendship with Millard, York felt called to retire early and become the Executive Director of the Springfield Habitat for Humanity affiliate. For the next three years, he chose to work there without a salary.

Next, he became Interim CEO and President of Goodwill Industries, Springfield/Hartford; and Interim Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Holyoke. He was an enthusiastic Community Volunteer, serving as chairman of capital campaigns for EcoBuilding Bargains and the Roger L. Putnam Technical Fund; the Advisory Board of ROCA, Co-Founder of the Millbrook Scholars; Co-Founder of the Springfield Unity Festival; mentor to numerous people of all ages; and member of several boards and committees, regionally and nationally. York has received many awards, including an Honorary Degree from the Springfield Technical Community College; the William Pynchon Award; the United Way “Spirit of Caring Award”, the Western New England University Presidential Medallion; the National Conference for Community and Justice “ Human Relations Award ”; the Springfield Rotary “Service Above Self Award”; and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Bay Path University. He was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church of Wilbraham, serving on the Council, the Choir, and various committees. He was a member of the Wilbraham Men’s Glee Club.

York leaves his beloved wife of 51 years, Elizabeth “Buffy” Mayo; two daughters, Mary Mayo Williams and her husband Peter, of Norwich, NY, and Kelly Mayo Nygren and her husband Kenneth of Wilbraham; five grandchildren, Richard York Bonney and Brooke Bonney; and Cecilia, Daniel, and Anders Nygren. In addition, York is survived by his sisters, Doris Matthews and Mary Kohm and her husband Joseph; in-laws Virginia Johnson and John and Marcia Ott; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Finally, York will forever be remembered for his deep faith, his love for others, his very pink pickup truck named “The Pink-Up”, his hearty laugh, and his booming bass voice singing “Blue Suede Shoes”.

Visitation hours will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Wilbraham Funeral Home, 2551 Boston Rd., Wilbraham. The funeral service will take place on Monday, April 25, at 10 a.m., at St. Cecilia’s Church, 42 Main St., Wilbraham. A private burial for family members only will take place at the Adams Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in York’s name may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 758 Main St.,Wilbraham, MA 01095.

Charlotte Marie Smith-tophoven

Published on: Friday, April 24, 2015

NORWICH – Charlotte Marie Smith-Tophoven, 91, formerly from Edmeston and a long time resident of the State of Florida, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Chenango Memorial Hospital Nursing Facility with her beloved family at her side. She was born November 3, 1923 in McDonough, the daughter of Coral and Mildred (VanSlyke) Phillips. She was first united in marriage to Harold Smith, son of Oran and Eunice Bush and then to Emile Tophoven. She was predeceased by both of her husbands.

While living in this area, Charlotte was employed in the food service department at Chase Memorial Nursing Home in New Berlin. She enjoyed crafting, especially oil painting in her spare time.

Charlotte is survived by her children: Lorraine (Richard) Brazee, Dawn (Lyle) Willis, Sandra (John) Atwell, Ronda (Leo) Moore, Melody (Paul) Squires and Neil Smith; as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and great-great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by three sons: Lydle Smith, Terry Smith, and Monte Smith.

A graveside service and interment at Edmeston Union Cemetery will be held June 28, 2015. Funeral Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston and condolences to the family may be left at the funeral home website,

Victor F. Tiffany

Published on: Friday, April 24, 2015

OXFORD – Victor F. Tiffany, 77, of Oxford passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital.

At Victor’s request, there will be no formal funeral services or calling hours.

A complete obituary will appear in Monday’s edition of The Evening Sun.

Arrangements are by the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home.

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